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The Aghinagh Way

The Aghinagh way is a historical trail of Aghinagh. It is full of monuments. It consists of:

  • Aghinagh Church
  • Carrigadrohid Castle
  • Mullinhassig Water Fall
  • Leades House
  • Ring Fort
  • Cross Incribed Stone
  • Stone Pairs
  • View point
  • Wedge Tombs
  • Kerryman's Table
  • Carrigagulla Stone Circle

It was set up by the "Aghinagh Heritage Group". It is a route for walking, cycling or driving. If you look around Aghinagh you will find lots of maps of the " Aghinagh Way" at Rusheen ,Ballinamorrive, Ballinagree and at the Butter Road Millstreet. You have a choice of going on the hill cycle, the lowland cycle or on the heritage drive to places of interest. Read below about one of these interesting sites.

Aghinagh Church and Graveyard
The earliest record of a church in Aghina (achynach) is 1451.The Parish Priest at the time was Fr. Lactinus O' Longagh (1451-1457). The first record of a church on this site is 1656."That the Parochial Church of Aghina stands near the Lee."It is unroofed and nothing remains but the walls. It is surrounded by about twenty acres of Glebe land, the fence of which is also in bad repair". This was probably the reformation church.

In 1774 the church was still in ruins .In 1785 the Protestant population was only 21.By 1830 45 years later it had risen to119. It must have been this rising trend in population that encouraged the building of the church. And so in 1791, Aghina church was rebuilt, capable of holding 130 persons. It cost four hundred and sixty one pounds-10-9 1/4 to build and was dedicated to St. Ruadhan. Church of Ireland Records claim that the"Bishops Head" carved on to the Tower was probably meant for him. It may also be a relic from the pre-reformation Church of Aghinagh.However to quote the late Patrick Hubbard well known authority on local history (In Contact 79"."Legend says that Cromwells soldiers took the dead Bishops mitre (Bishop Mc Egan, hanged at Carrigadrohid 11/5/1650) and placed it on the window of Aghinagh Church, facing the road and stood outside the gate taking pot shots at it with their muskets. They then carved an image of it in stone and placed there in mockery". In 1791, when the present building replaced the old one, it was built into the front wall, not as a mockery now but as a memorial.